I was able to talk to Cody and his foster mother on Saturday. Hearing his sweet voice always gets me teary, but in a good way. You could tell that his foster mother is doing a good job getting him ready for the transition. I had sent a bunch of pictures that she requested to her via email that day. He had looked at them and was talking about the "toys" and the "climber". He wants to climb on it, but wants us to make sure he won't fall. When I told the kids later, they nearly fought over who would make sure he didn't fall. lol (I love this crew and how much they love their siblings before they ever arrive home!)
My favorite part of the conversation was when I told him that I loved him bunches. It was the very first time that he said "I love you bunches too Mama". :) I'm sure he doesn't even half understand how much I love him yet. I can't wait till he gets here and I can give him a little better idea though. :)
I also received mail from him today. He had taken foam letters and made his name and new last name on a piece of paper. He had colored on the paper a bit too. To say that the mail made my day today would be an understatement. I think I was like a little kid getting mail. lol
I'm so thankful that ICPC is done and things are rolling again. We appreciate all prayers that everything else continues to go well. Also pray for Cody. His foster parents have done a great job of preparing him so far. Even at that, he is only 4 years old and can't possibly fully comprehend what is really about to take place in his little life. He's been with these foster parents for a long time. Most of our kids came from places where they weren't very well taken care of, had been moved around a lot, or just weren't that loved. The fact he has been loved and cared for in the same foster home for so long is a wonderful thing. It means he will be able to understand the workings of a family much easier, trust adults much better, and transfer his attachment to us. On the other hand, it means that he will have a greater loss as well. Pray that God prepares his little heart and helps his foster parents as they will miss him greatly too. Also pray that however the social worker sets up the actual move is just right for him. I don't want him to feel kidnapped or hurt by it.
I'm waiting here to hold him and he'll adjust fine. He'll come to know that we are his "forever" family. He'll come to understand all the new family roles. Most of all, he will come to know that we are all one great big family who adores him and thanks God daily for him. :) In the meantime, pray for everything to go smoothly.